May 31, 2017 | (C) The Direct Primary Care Journal–
- PATIENT MEMBERSHIP ACQUISITION TRENDS in 2016 | How Long Does It Take You To Recruit A “New” Patient?
- 52% Reported 1-4+ Months.
- DPC JOURNAL PHYSICIAN POLL, FEE STRUCTURE and PRICING TRENDS in 2016: Did you increase your monthly membership fee in 2016?
- 67% Reported “Stayed the same as 2015 calendar year.”
- 12% Reported “No. Can’t afford to. My patients would leave.”
- BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS, DPC JOURNAL PHYSICIAN POLL, 2016: Are you moonlighting and starting a DPC Practice? If yes, doing what?
- 65% Reported Working At A Local Urgent Care Clinic.
- 82% Reported “No, My DPC Practice Doesn’t Support Me, Yet.”
“Happier doctors usually have happier patients and tend to be more successful by many measures including reputation and patient retention, which leads usually to better financial reward in the end,” says Dr. Robert Nelson, MD, a Direct Primary Care Physician and Advocate for free-market healthcare. “If focus is on good care and good business practices, reward will follow.”
Throughout 2016, The DPC Journal examined, interviewed, polled and surveyed thousands of prospective patients, hundreds of DPC Doctors and took an independent, unbiased look inside some [not all] private, subscription-based medical practice environments which have decided to no longer participate in insurance and charge a monthly membership fee for primary care services. The List of Trends highlights what trends have been successful for physicians and not so successful for them in 2016.
DPC Journal Highlights Private, Direct Care and Cash Only Medicine Trends With List of Do’s and Don’ts. | 2017
The #1 Reason Patients Say They Quit Their Doctor Is Not Because of the Doctor … It’s the Staff!
- RUDE OFFICE MANAGER and/or STAFF.
In some cases, physicians employ their wives as front office staff. In most practices, this is great. However, in some practices, when the patient knows that it is the doctor’s wife that is being curt or ill-tempered, the patient is much more reluctant to tell the physician about their experience. In other cases, the physician has employed his/her front office staff for many years and is aware of the problem but unwilling to make a change because of emotion, history or finances.